Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 7.17.18 PM.png

Emmy Couture is an indie dyed yarn company, craft blog, and Youtube podcast. We provide bright, colorful, variegated, speckled, and tonal yarns perfect for all of your knitting needs. Check out the blog or podcast for a healthy dose of sewing, knitting, and general crafting inspiration.


Book Talk - Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well

Book Talk - Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well

Hello my dears!

One of my goals for 2018 is to learn how to write better book reviews. Books are one of my great joys in life. I have always loved reading. 

In 2017 I read a total of 74 books. And in 2018 I hope to read that many or more! As a part of that, I want to write reviews of my favorite books for the blog. 

Sewing Happiness 1.jpg

Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida is much, much more than just a sewing book. It is a gorgeous story of how creating with one's hands can be life changing.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that sewing saved my life and altered it forever.
— Sanae Ishida
 Please design fabric with this print so I can make a dress out of it!! ❤️ 

Please design fabric with this print so I can make a dress out of it!! ❤️ 

The book starts off with detailing the circumstances that led Sanae to become re-interested in sewing. She was sick, overworked, and had lost her job. She gradually turned her life around with lots of sleep, healthier eating, and more physical activity (not just standard exercise!). It was during this time that she found her old sewing machine again. 

It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that I love this book. Sanae's writing style is approachable and friendly. It's like sitting down with a creative mentor and gleaning wisdom and advice from them. Not something that I would normally say about a sewing book!!

Sewing Happiness 3.jpg

The different projects are separated into four sections: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. The photography is phenomenal! The color schemes and layouts are absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want to seriously up my photography game! 

I have included a couple pictures of my favorites, but there are a total of 19 projects. And that doesn't include the variations! There are household items, decor, baby and children's clothes, and even a women's dress. A bit of something for everyone.

 Aren't these tooth pillows adorable!??! I'd want to make a couple and put them up in my studio.

Aren't these tooth pillows adorable!??! I'd want to make a couple and put them up in my studio.

The first half of the book includes the introduction, essays, and lookbook whereas the second half is dedicated to instructions. There are no patterns included. A couple of projects have the necessary templates, but most of the projects only have drafting or cutting out instructions. While this might be intimidating to beginning sewists, it really isn't that difficult! The diagrams and illustrations are quite clear and when combined with the written instructions it is easy enough to understand.

 I'd feel quite classy taking this bag out to fetch groceries. Or library books. . .

I'd feel quite classy taking this bag out to fetch groceries. Or library books. . .

. . . gift-giving is an act of love and compassion. I revel in thinking about what would make the recipient light up, and what would not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also useful.
— Sanae Ishida

I also appreciate the usefulness of some of the projects. It appeals to my practical side to have simple household objects like an apron and heating pads alongside the tooth pillows and dresses. 

The fact that this sewing book isn't just a parade of projects and instructions is refreshing. It is wonderful to know more about the person behind the page and to catch a glimpse of their creative journey.

Sewing Happiness 7.jpg

Sanae blogs over at sanaeishida.com. I really like her watercolor painting style! I'm a teeny bit jealous of her talent. . . But it's my own fault if I am not as competent at watercolor painting as I want to be. Anyway, be sure to check out her site for more lovely inspiration!

~Emily

January 2018 - MCBN: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Hunter Tank

January 2018 - MCBN: Jennifer Lauren Handmade Hunter Tank

Episode 39: Knitting Sheep

Episode 39: Knitting Sheep

0